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 Regional Sustainability Plan Strategy Development Kick-off Meeting 
 Event Date(s):
Thursday, February 17, 2011 spacer*spacer*spacer*

 City Agency:Environmental Sustainability
 Event Type:Work Session
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) has finished the goal development phase of a Regional Sustainability Plan. Throughout the past five months, PPACG has involved over 70 organizations and individuals from throughout El Paso and Teller counties in focus group and consensus committee discussions in order to develop regional 20-year sustainability stretch goals. The goals are non-binding, yet serve to strengthen collaborative decision making among governments, non-profits, private individuals and businesses. The process followed the Statement of Commitment signed by Mayor Rivera in Spring 2010 to collaboratively pursue an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and prosperous future for the Pikes Peak region. City staff represented the City of Colorado Springs on technical focus groups (energy & water, materials management & procurement, build & natural environment, transportation, economic development, health, education and arts & culture) based on areas of expertise. Councilmember Martin represented the City on the Consensus Committee. The strategy development phase will begin on Thursday, Feb. 17 when PPACG hosts a kick-off meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in their main conference room, 15 South 7th Street, Colorado Springs. The kick-off is open to the public and any interested person is invited to attend.
Pikes Peak Region Sustainability Project - Stretch Goals for 2030

A stretch goal is both aspirational and inspirational. It pushes everyone to move beyond what is currently being done and what is currently believed to be doable to achieve something big. Stretch goals can only be achieved if substantially new ideas, approaches, and strategies are pursued. Stretch goals inspire and require creativity and innovation.

By 2030, the region has made considerable progress toward 100 percent sustainable energy usage. Achieving this goal means:

1. 50 percent of energy consumed in the region is renewable/sustainable, maximizing the amount of renewable energy produced in the region (from a 2010 baseline).

2. Energy use in the region is reduced by 20 percent (from a 2010 baseline).*


By 2030, the region?s water use is met by currently-owned water supply and is as efficient as possible through application of best management practices. Achieving this goal means:

1. Residential water use is at or below 80 gallons/person/day.

2. Landscaping is efficient, low-water use, or water wise.

3. 80 percent of commercial and industrial users in the region employ best water management practices.

4. Non-potable water meets 30 percent of regional water needs.

5. More efficient agricultural water use is encouraged and agricultural water is protected by use of innovative methods to keep ranches and farms producing in the region.

Materials Management and Procurement

By 2030, the region has made significant progress toward a zero-waste future. Achieving this goal means:

1. There is a 70 percent reduction in solid waste sent to landfills.*

2. Household hazardous waste is minimized, managed, and properly disposed of, as reflected in a substantial increase in drops to regional hazardous household waste facilities.

3. Individual, business, and government purchasing is guided by the tenets of reduce, reuse, recycle. All businesses and public institutions have developed and are choosing to follow sustainable procurement guidelines.

Built and Natural Environment

By 2030, the built and natural environments complement one another and reflect our commitment to enhancing the lives of people; promoting community, culture, and commerce; and preserving and protecting the natural environment. Achieving this goal means:

2. Existing communities are incorporating these same concepts as opportunities arise.

3. All residents have access to a sustainable and comprehensive system of parks, open space, and trails.

4. Habitat in the region, including for threatened, endangered, and imperiled species, is restored, protected and preserved.

5. Indoor and outdoor environmental quality is healthy for all, with air pollutant levels below state and local health thresholds.

6. Ground and surface water quality is better than designated water quality standards and classified uses (recreation, aquatic habitat, agriculture, and/or water supply).


By 2030, the region has a sustainable, equitable, and affordable multi-modal transportation system (roads, transit, bicycles, and pedestrian walkways) that efficiently and safely moves people and goods. Achieving this goal means:

1. The region has sustainable, adequate transportation funding for all modes, including regional transit, which is an integral part of the transportation solution.

2. There is increased accessibility, integration, and connectivity between where we live, work, and play.

3. Half of all fuels purchased in the region are sustainable fuels and transportation related, fossil fuel use is reduced by 40 percent from a 2010 baseline.

4. All transportation infrastructure is constructed, maintained, and operated using sustainable practices.

5. There is increased reliance on non-single-occupancy-vehicle modes of travel with public transit?s share of trips increasing to over 3 percent.

Economic Development

By 2030, the region will have a strong and diverse economy that supports and benefits from sustainability. Achieving this goal means:

1. Gross metropolitan product (GMP) is increasing annually.

2. Maintain a balanced and diverse economy to ensure economic resilience.

3. Small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups are increasing annually, with 50 percent of small businesses/start-ups able to obtain local capital/funding.

4. Essential commodities such as food and energy are produced regionally at an increasing rate.

5. 95 percent of all households in the region are 20 percent or more above the regional definition for low income.


By 2030, the region?s population is healthy, long-lived, and has a good quality of life. Achieving this goal means:

1. There is an increased emphasis on wellness and healthy living.

2. There is a 30 percent reduction in sickness, hospitalizations, and preventable deaths (from such causes as obesity, tobacco use, traffic accidents, and substance abuse).

3. All residents of the region have access to an accessible patient-centered ?medical home,? including primary and specialty care, and the region has the provider capacity to meet that demand.

4. Indoor and outdoor environmental quality is healthy for all, with air pollutant levels below state and local health thresholds.

5. Ground and surface water quality is better than designated water quality standards and classified uses (recreation, aquatic habitat, agriculture, and/or water supply).


By 2030, comprehensive, affordable, life-long educational opportunities are available to all. Achieving this goal means:

1. All students have access to a 21st-Century K-12 education that prepares them for the future.

2. Affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education are available to all residents of the region to ensure school readiness.

3. Regional higher education and professional and technical skills training are increasingly available and accessible to residents of the region.

Arts and Culture

By 2030, arts and culture are fully integrated into and contribute to the social and economic vitality of the region. Achieving this goal means:

1. The region offers a diverse and broad range of arts, cultural, and entertainment activities and events. These events contribute to the local economy.

2. The region?s arts scene draws innovative companies and attracts young creatives.

3. The Pikes Peak region will have fully implemented the 2010 Cultural Plan in order to increase economic vitality.
 Starts:9:00 AM
 Ends:12:00 PM
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
15 South 7th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
 Sponsor:Pikes Peak Area Council of Governements
 Contact:Sarah White .

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